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been, in my opinion, very forward-leaning and proactive. we have representatives here from fema, we have assets that the federal government has brought in, including the fast water rescue teams that are here. and the president signed our prelandfall declaration, i think first among all of the states that applied. so, the new fema is greatly improved, and we're very appreciative for the very cooperative way in which we've been going about this. we had a conference call yesterday that the president himself initiated, with all of the governors, including mayor stephanie rawlings-make and the mayor of philadelphia and others up and down the east coast. and that's what you would expect your government to do. especially in times like this, we should be working together as one team and that's what we're doing. that is, though, an improvement from not too many years ago, when typically, you would only see fema and the federal help arrive after the disaster hit. anyone else? >> a little bit of [ inaudible question ] >> sure. let me call up colonel brown. colonel, do you want to talk about th
a at -- including fema and agencies that will be helping with the recovery efforts, the department of energy, the department of transportation, the department of homeland security, and the department of health and human services. everyone is a bear -- everyone is aware that this will be big and powerful storm. across the eastern seaboard, everyone is taking a corporate preparations. i have spoken to all of the governors in all of these states. they have issued emergency declarations. those have been turned around quickly here in the white house. we have been three position assets so that fema personnel are working closely with state and local governments. we're making sure that food and water and emergency generation is available for those communities that will be hardest hit. we anticipate that the center of the storm will hit landfall sometime this evening. but because of the nature of the storm, we're certain that this will be a slow-moving process through a wide swath of the country. and millions of people will be affected. the most important message that i have for the public right now
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